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  • Actors: Paul Bartel, Zacharie Chasseriaud, Marthe Keller
  • Directors: Bouli Lanners
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, Russian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008KZ066A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,357 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When two brothers are left home alone for the summer they take to the surrounding countryside with a friend to discover a brave new world of adventure. Through the scrapes, scratches and moments of elation they encounter they will discover that growing up is not all it s cracked up to be. A charming, witty and subversive tale of the trials of youth, The Giants is already being described as "Mark Twain meets Ken Loach" (Allan Hunter, Screen International).

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This tells the story of two brothers, Zak and Seth the eldest is fifteen and his brother just thirteen and three quarters, as he is keen to point out. They are spending the summer in their deceased grandfather's house. Their mother has abandoned them for some selfish reason that we do not discover. What is clear is that they have very much been left to their own devices.

Whilst joy riding (badly) in grand pops car they run into another young lad, this is Danny who comes from a dysfunctional family where his evil brother, paradoxically named `Angel' treats him like a punch bag. They smoke dope and steal food from their neighbours, but soon their money runs out and then they decide to make some money doing a ludicrous scheme. Everything inevitably back fires and they are left to their own devices which are limited to say the least. We follow them on their travels and it is a brilliant journey.

This is a very warm, often funny, sad and inspiring story. The boys are all just so believable in their acceptance of each blow as it falls and it just spills out of the screen in a way that has you engaged through out. It is also beautifully shot and framed, making the often wet Belgian countryside seem surreally breath taking. The music is great too. It was only at the end that I realised there were lots of things left unexplained, which is excellent and intelligent film making in my books.

The plot seems to unwind slowly, but not a frame is wasted, this is one of those films that we need more of and it put my faith back in kids again, not that it was really that shaken, but the trials of life can break the strongest of us and their camaraderie was a lovely thing to see.
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I absolutely loved this film, wonderful actors, touching but funny story line, beautiful soundtrack. Whimsical, gentle, sweet, tough. the film centres around three teenage boys left to their own devices when the mother goes AWOL. It stayed with me for ages when I came out the cinema.
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The sleeve of my copy quotes Screen Daily as saying this film is "a joyous heartwarmer". I don't agree. Nor do I think it was intended to be. To me this film is a gentle affirmation of the quality and beauty of brotherhood in the face of adversity.

Yes, these three youths do some stupid things, and you might find yourself wondering why they are doing these things, what they're rebelling against, but it becomes clear in good time.

Zak (Zachary Chasseriaud) and Seth (Martin Nissen) are brothers, aged thirteen and fifteen respectively. They've been left at their dead grandfather's house, under their own cognizance, for the summer, and as the boredom and ennui gets to them, they get into adventures and misadventures, joined by fifteen year old Dany (Paul Bartel), a friend they make on the way.

Martin Nissen is perfect as the hopelessly out of his depth elder brother, and Zachary Chasseriaud is natural as the try anything boundary pushing thirteen year old. Paul Bartel portrays very well the abused but resourceful teen. This film is the story of the three boys' journey through adolescence, and of the guiding lights and grotesques they meet along the way.

Zachary Chasseriaud is the image of Ricky Schroder at the same age, and just as talented. All three boys have a bright future if they stay in the business. I look forward to watching more of their films, and hope also to see more by the director, Bouli Lanners.

If you enjoy this, you might enjoy Tomboy [DVD] or Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale [DVD].
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The egotistical neglect of children results in a wonderful freedom of self and masculinity- the symbolic casting into the river of the mother's voice is genius. Hurray for anti-cocooning and the dismissal of conventional expectations..boys are fantastic creatures when allowed to be themselves! (Parental warning... you may have to confront your children's sense of liberty after this film)
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Bouli Lanners is a huge talented director ( and actor too - please see Rust and Bone alongside Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard ). The actors, the landscape, the music crawls immediately under your skin and remains there throughout the entire movie. As Belgian i am proud we have such talented directors such as amongst others the Dardenne Brothers and Michael R. Roskam. This film was compared by Humo ( local Belgian weekly magazine ) to Stand By Me however for me this one cuts more strings of your heart. Dive into this beauty and cherish it forever.
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